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Can Microsoft Fail?

  1. #31


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Imageman View Post
    Microsoft is a beached whale!
    Yeah, but they are a very, very BIG and PROFITABLE beached whale! Win8 might affect that some but, as I said in another post, they've got their irons in a number of very hot fires.

    -Max

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  2. #32


    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaC
    So, for some, it's not a matter of "not being so unhappy and jumping ship", for some, there is nowhere else to go.
    I agree. Most of us are stuck with Microsoft Windows no matter what crap the last OS is.
    Quote Originally Posted by TC
    Which apparently doesn't have the gaming and media capabilities of the PC
    It all bowls down to compatibility issues. Had W98 stayed compatible with new hardwares and new software, that's the first OS I'd recommand. Unfortunately it isn't. I managed to run a w98 system until now (and it's almost as fast as new computers with twice the processor speed and ram) but I face more and more problems as things evoluate. For some tasks I must go to XP-or-above (actualy W7). W7 may still be supported by MS for another 7 years, it doesn't mean it will stay compatible with a new Metrofied world. W98 became uncompatible well before losing support from MS officialy. So may W7 and XP. Let's say in 5 years the next unavoidable stuffs (like today Facebook and Google) will be Metro apps running only on W8 and we are toast. Or some hardware come with drivers that require the Metro environement... and you start thinking of switching for that reason.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Can Microsoft fail? If history is any guide the answer is yes! History is filled with examples of extraordinarily powerful entities that have either been conquered, destroyed through calamity, or absorbed (e.g. the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, etc).

    I think a better question is when will Microsoft fail? That unfortunately, is a question no one here is equipped to answer.
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  4. #34


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by speedy1979 View Post
    Can Microsoft fail? If history is any guide the answer is yes! History is filled with examples of extraordinarily powerful entities that have either been conquered, destroyed through calamity, or absorbed (e.g. the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, etc).

    I think a better question is when will Microsoft fail? That unfortunately, is a question no one here is equipped to answer.
    Anything is possible I guess but the chances of Microsoft failing are quite minimal. There is no company out there that can provide what Microsoft provides at the scale they provide it. Even if Microsoft lost a large portion of their consumer desktop and laptop share they are too big at the Enterprise level to fail. The only way that Microsoft would fail is if a company could come in and take their Enterprise market share away. Apple being one of the largest out there failed miserably at the Enterprise and they pulled out, they couldn't compete. It didn't help that the Xserves and XRaids were garbage to begin with. Oracle tried to push Sun workstations for the enterprise and they failed. As much as Larry Ellison hates Microsoft Oracle still uses Microsoft products even though they have Sun.
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  5. #35


    Pacific Northwest - USA
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 64 bit


    The Microsoft glory days are gone, and though Microsoft's decline into unimportance may take years, it will happen!

    It began long ago when they stopped answering their phone to help users. HUGE bureaucracy that has lost touch and their self-importance has blinded them to it. Windows 8 will prove this . . . IM
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  6. #36


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Imageman View Post
    The Microsoft glory days are gone, and though Microsoft's decline into unimportance may take years, it will happen!

    It began long ago when they stopped answering their phone to help users. HUGE bureaucracy that has lost touch and their self-importance has blinded them to it. Windows 8 will prove this . . . IM
    Who or what will replace MS/Windows?? Let's be honest. People will just learn to use Win8 and adapt to it like everything else in life. The other choices are either.. well Linux or Apple OS X. With Linux the learning curve is rather steep and the cost of Apple hardware is rather high. Oh you do have the Google Chromebook but that's mainly for browsing the web.

    Will MS fail?? Time will tell but don't bet against them.
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  7. #37


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Imageman View Post
    The Microsoft glory days are gone, and though Microsoft's decline into unimportance may take years, it will happen!

    It began long ago when they stopped answering their phone to help users. HUGE bureaucracy that has lost touch and their self-importance has blinded them to it. Windows 8 will prove this . . . IM
    I'm not particularly supportive of Microsoft's current O/S and software offerings (Win8 / Office 2013 / VS2012) but from experience I can tell you they are terrific when it comes to support. I had an issue with Win7 a year or two ago (some driver installation issue) and their tech support was all over me like the flu. I got several callbacks after it was resolved - they really wanted to make sure everything was OK. YMMV.

    -Max
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  8. #38


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    Will MS fail?? Time will tell but don't bet against them.
    No, they won't fail. They may fail at certain things but anyone who has worked with their enterprise stuff realizes how big MS is. I think they're having a bit of an identity crisis with Win8 but who knows? They do tend to come through after awhile.

    -Max
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